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Transport and Travel in Scotland 2010

Summarises a broad range of transport statistics including road vehicles, traffic, casualties, bus and rail passengers, road and rail freight, air and water transport and personal travel as well as providing some comparisons with GB figures. Further breakdowns of Scottish Household Survey transport data including households' access to cars and bikes, frequency of driving, modes of travel to work and school, use and opinions of public transport and access to services are also presented.


Table 15: [Travel to school reasons] Reasons for transport choice to children's full-time education establishment, 2001 - 2010*

Usual method of travel to school
Walking Passenger Car/Van School bus Service bus
cell percentages
Close / Nearby / Not far away 84 3 2 3
Most convenient 19 53 54 48
Travel with friends 5 2 4 4
Safest method 2 18 13 7
Quickest method 7 18 10 15
Only method available 2 8 21 17
Too far to walk 0 16 25 29
No public transport 1 6 4 1
Public transport unsuitable 1 4 3 0
Good exercise / fresh air 9 0 0 0
No car / transport 1 0 1 2
Cheapest method 1 1 3 2
It is free 1 0 9 1
On way to work 0 6 1 0
Too young to travel any other way 0 8 1 1
Relative meets child 0 1 0 0
Other reason(s) 1 7 4 3
Sample size (=100%) 11,225 4,804 3,805 1,403

*Percentages may total to more than 100% as respondents can give multiple answers. Table only includes those who have given a reason
(question asked only of a sub-sample from 2005).

Table 16: [Travel to school reasons] Reasons why public transport is not used by school children, 2001 - 2010*

Age All ages
Primary:
4-11
Secondary:
12-18
by whether they could use public transport column percentages
Yes 26 55 34
No 74 45 66
Sample size (=100%) 3,941 1,596 5,537
If they could use public transport, reasons for not using it
Too young to travel on own 55 8 35
No service available 5 6 5
Too far to bus stop 3 5 4
Cost, too expensive 8 13 10
Too short a distance, not worth it 6 4 6
Prefer to use car 29 45 36
Others 38 44 41
Sample size (=100%) 818 713 1,531
If they could not use public transport, reasons why they cannot
Too young to travel on own 43 6 37
No service available 48 69 52
Too far to bus stop 4 4 4
Cost, too expensive 1 2 1
Too short a distance, not worth it 14 9 13
Prefer to use car 6 8 6
Others 5 10 6
Sample size (=100%) 2,601 588 3,189

*Percentages may total to more than 100% as respondents can give multiple answers. Table only includes those who have given a reason
(question asked only of a sub-sample from 2005).

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